Where would we be without touch? Humans crave touch and to children, it’s as necessary as food and water. When we hug or hold hands with someone our bodies release the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is popularly known for being present in childbirth, with newborn bonding, and its also released when people connect physically or sexually. AKA the “love hormone.”
Connecting with others is a daily goal for optimum health, Psychotherapist Virginia Satir said: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” The humandala technique guides participants to connect with each other and the rhythms of nature. Massage, eye gazing, breathing together and appreciating each other’s beauty can all be incorporated.